If you find your mouth always seems too dry you need to get it checked by your National Dental Care dentist. Dry mouth can be a side-effect of some medications or medical treatments but it can also cause dental problems. Your dentist will help you maintain good oral health if you have dry-mouth issues.
Do you have Xerostomia / Dry Mouth Syndrome?
A dry mouth is one of the things people hate about hangovers, but you can have dry-mouth issues from medical problems, too.
A dry mouth – not enough saliva – can affect anyone, but it’s more common in older people. Saliva is not just important in making your food slide down easily, it also affects the taste of food. Worse, dry mouth can create dental issues.
Saliva is your mouth’s natural mouthwash. When you don’t have enough saliva it can cause serious dental problems.
What causes dry mouth?
This occurs due to a lack of saliva causing a dry mouth feeling. This can be caused by otherwise intact salivary glands not producing enough saliva (usually caused by many types of medications) or by the destruction of salivary gland tissues (such as during radiotherapy for cancer treatment or due to an autoimmune disorder, like Sjogren Syndrome).
The list of medication which can cause xerostomia is very long, but common medication such as blood pressure medication, antianxiety and antidepressants, asthma medication, can all contribute to this problem. Saliva is an important part of preventing bacteria and acids from affecting your teeth. Decay, teeth erosion and periodontal disease can develop if xerostomia is left untreated.
If you are being treated for any of these conditions and you have developed dry mouth issues you should discuss it with your doctor. If the medication or treatment can’t be changed you need to be prepared to also treat the dry-mouth issues.
Dry mouth and dental problems
When you aren’t producing enough saliva, your teeth can be more easily attacked by acids from your foods (or acid reflux) and from bacteria.
If this continues you can develop tooth decay, erosion, and periodontal disease. By taking steps to treat dry mouth, you can protect your teeth.
You may have dry-mouth issues if your saliva is thick or stringy or you have bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth. If you’re unsure If you have dry mouth, your National Dental Care practitioner can do a simple saliva test.
Treating dry-mouth issues
Your National Dental Care dentist can perform a simple saliva test to determine if you have xerostomia.
The treatment may be as simple as changing your oral hygiene program, as determined by your hygienist, therapist or dentist. Your National Dental Care dentist will advise you on your oral-health hygiene program.
“Managing dry mouth not only keeps your teeth healthy but also helps you get the nutrition you need to heal and recover. You will probably also need a fluoride supplement which you apply to your teeth daily and you can’t eat or drink straight afterward. This will help protect your teeth from decay and sensitivity. says Adelaide dentist Dr Lima Eghlima, Lead Dentist – North Adelaide.
“If you have severe dry-mouth issues you may also need additional treatments and dental checks to monitor your oral health.”
You will be provided with a fluoride topical supplement to protect your teeth from decay, sensitivity and wear and an at-home oral health plan. If your condition is more severe, you may be provided with other supplements and will be advised to have more frequent checks with your National Dental Care Dentist.
Your National Dental Care practitioner is familiar with the problems dry-mouth issues can cause. Don’t risk your teeth or your nutrition if you are worried by dry-mouth. Make an online booking with your National Dental Care dentist now.